ILSAN, GYEONGGI- The Global e-Government Forum (GeGF) 2013, a conference for global e-government leaders and a global event designed to spread the so-called “administrative Hallyu (or the Korean wave)” to the rest of the world, has kicked off with a fanfare at KINTEX, Ilsan, with 300 guests from abroad (including 25 high-ranking, ministerial-level government officials from 50 nations) and approximately 700 domestic participants in attendance.
Under the slogan “Smart Government & Smart Society : Openness, Sharing, Communication, and Collaboration,” the GeGF 2013, a 2-day event from October 22 through 23, has been jointly hosted by the Ministry of Security and Public Administration (MOSPA) of the Republic of Korea and the United Nations.
South Korea, the undisputed e-government leader who came out on top in the UN Global E-Government Survey of 2010 and 2012, once again took the lead in hosting the 2nd GeGF so as to continue the momentum gained from the 1st GeGF, also held in South Korea last year. By doing so, South Korea looks to reaffirm its leadership in e-government in front of the international community and to pave the way for USD 400 million in e-government exports.
The S. Korea government, which has been pushing for the export of the nation’s e-government model to other nations since 2009, has seen the cumulative value of e-government exports reach USD 900 million, 340 million of which came from 2012 e-government exports.
Perhaps most importantly for the forum, the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV) has joined MOSPA from the Republic of Korea in hosting the GeGF 2013, thereby turning the 2013 forum into one which industry and academia put their heads together to discuss global trends in e-government, e-government tasks and Whole-of-Government (joined-up government) services, public procurement, etc.
Yoo Jeong-bok, Minister of MOSPA, had a speech at the opening ceremony of GeGF 2013
At the opening ceremony, held on October 22, Yoo Jeong-bok, Minister of Security and Public Administration for South Korea, said, “We would like to share our new vision and philosophy for South Korean e-government systems with GeGF participants. I hope that the GeGF 2013 will serve as the engine of e-government development worldwide, therefore giving impetus to the enhancement of government-to-government collaboration and mutually-reinforcing ties.”
Park Chan-woo, Deputy Minister of Public Administration and Security of South Korea, said in his keynote speech, “Governments of the past used to work as “vending machine-like” service purveyors which offered the public standardized public services in a monopolistic manner. Now, governments are evolving into platform-like ones, on which the public and companies can directly participate in the provision of services and express their opinions on government policies. The South Korean government will put forward Government 3.0 as a new governance paradigm, which values “openness, sharing, communication and collaboration” in order to provide interactive, customized public services to each individual. I believe Government 3.0 will play a role in moving forward with the S. Korean government’s creative economy agenda.”
The GeGF 2013 then got down to business. Speakers took the podium and panelists went into discussions to contemplate each participating nation’s “open data” action plan, how to share information, service innovations, and online citizen participation. Michael Thatcher, CTO of Asia for Microsoft, introduced open data strategies of the US and the EU while high-level officials from Ecuador, Ghana, Belarus, and other nations made their presentations.
Meanwhile, MOSPA is poised to press ahead with holding high-level talks with forum participants from nations that are viewed as prospective importers of e-government systems (e.g. Bulgaria, Ecuador and Uzbekistan). Furthermore, MOSPA plans to sign MoUs on e-government collaboration with the Republic of the Cote d'Ivoire and Guatemala in a bid to share South Korea’s e-government model and expertise with them.
Minister. Yoo and ministerial-level government officials from 50 nations looked around the e-Government Exhibition Hall
What’s more, the e-Government Exhibition Hall housed 25 booths, put up by major government agencies, such as MOSPA, the National Computing and Information Agency (NICA), Korea Customs Service, and Public Procurement Service as well as domestic IT companies including LG CNS, POSCO ICT, and Lotte Data Communication Companies. These groups furnish high-level forum participants with hands-on experiences with a wide range of South Korea’s e-government services and systems.
In particular, South Korea’s online public procurement system, patent information search system, electronic customs system, and Information Network Village (www.invil.org) drew great attention from foreign participants. Showing a keen interest in South Korea’s transportation database and geographical information system, Sherzod Shermatov, deputy chairman of the State Committee for Communications, Information and Telecommunication Technologies for the Republic of Uzbekistan said, “It was a pleasure to see an array of interesting e-government systems that my nation would like to adopt in one place.” Uzbekistan is currently building an e-government development center, modeled on National Information Society Agency (NIA), and an information security center, patterned after Korea Internet Security Agency (KISA).
Minister. Yoo stressed the 'administrative Hallyu' in a meeting with reporters
In a morning meeting with reporters on October 22, Yoo Jeong-bok, Minister of Public Administration and Security of South Korea, mentioned, “Now is the time for us to proactively promote South Korean development models, represented by Government 3.0 and the New Community Movement (also known as Saemaul Movement), to the rest of the world. MOSPA will push for the export of technologies, as well as public servants¹ well-versed in e-government, in order to serve as the driving force behind the nation’s e-government exports. Furthermore, MOSPA will spearhead the global expansion of the so-called administrative Hallyu.”
public servants¹ - As for the export of South Korean public servants for the sake of administrative Hallyu, Kim Nam-Seok, former First Vice Minister of Security and Public Administration of South Korea, has been backing up Uzbekistan’s efforts for e-government since he was appointed in March as deputy chairman of the State Committee for Communications, Information and Telecommunication Technologies of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The appointment of Kim Nam-Seok to the post in the Republic of Uzbekistan is South Korea’s first-ever e-government personnel export. This has taken South Korea’s e-government leadership to new heights.